THERE were huge celebrations inside the Broadfield when Sergio Torres equalised for Crawley Town, but perhaps the biggest cheer on Saturday came away from the stadium.
On a day when football was put firmly into perspective by Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba’s collapse on the pitch and on-going fight for his life, the Reds midfielder also reminded us there are more important things.
On Friday he visited East Surrey hospital, where he met his biggest fan, Harry Poil and his family, and gave a brave young man the best 13th birthday present he could wish for.
“I just want to say I give my goal today to this guy called Harry,” the Argentinian said. “I went to visit him in hospital the other day and he’s got Leukaemia and it was a very emotional day for me.
“It was his birthday so this goal is to say happy birthday to Harry and his family. They are going through a difficult time but hopefully they’re going to get through it.”
He went on to add: “It was his 13th birthday on Friday and it was very emotional, when I saw his face he was so happy to see me and sometimes you worry about the smaller stuff.
“But what this family are going through, now I have a little girl you see things with different eyes, and I thought they were brilliant, so strong.”
Having levelled the match just before half-time after Marc Richards’ had give Port Vale the lead, Crawley again had to come from behind despite the visitors going down to ten men early in the second half.
Louis Dodds scored against the run of play to put Vale 2-1 up but a brace from Gary Alexander, making it three in his first three games for the club, gave Crawley a late 3-2 victory and a first win in eight matches.
Torres was delighted at helping his side return to winning ways and felt it was about time the luck was on their side.
He said: “We’ve been searching for a victory for a long time now and some games we’ve been playing really well and just luck wasn’t with us, but I thought today we just fight for everything and we got the rewards with the win.”
And speaking about his goal the 28 year old added: “When the ball was coming it was a split second when you think shall I volley shall I header, and luckily enough I went with my head.
“I don’t score many headers in my career so it’s a great feeling to score, and I haven’t scored for about 15, 16 games so I really needed that for myself, and it was good for the team because we had to win the game.”